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Trade talks involving Kevin Youkilis are picking up

Jun 18, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, trade talks regarding Kevin Youkilis have “intensified” over the past 24 to 48 hours.

While a deal isn’t considered imminent, one high-ranking official with a National League club said that the veteran third baseman is “being shopped everywhere.” The report names the Diamondbacks, White Sox, Dodgers, Indians and Pirates among the teams who have expressed interest.

Youkilis is only hitting .215/.301/.341 with four home runs, 13 RBI and a .641 OPS through 39 games this season, including his current 1-for-21 (.048) stretch, so the Red Sox certainly aren’t selling high here. With that in mind, they have told teams that they are willing to include cash in order to get a better player in return. The 33-year-old is still owed roughly half of his $12 million salary for this season while his $13 million option for 2013 carries a $1 million buyout.

If Youkilis is moved, rookie Will Middlebrooks would take over the starting third base job in Boston.

  1. doctorfootball - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Any team willing to give more than a mid level prospect for this guy is nuts. It’s not like his game is going to improve at 33 years old. His average will probably go up some but, you can’t give up a top prospect for a weakening bat like Youkilis currently has. And this “Greek God of walks” isn’t even getting on base nearly as much as he used to.

    • chill1184 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      All it takes is one stupid GM.

      • Glen - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:24 PM

        Thank god Reagins is no longer the Angels GM.

      • tk1966 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:53 PM

        So I guess that means he’s coming to Pittsburgh

      • florida76 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM

        I was considered a washed up veteran in a big market, but now I’m pitching my way into the All-Star Game. PNC Park is gorgeous and I’m playing for a playoff contender!

        Sincerely,

        AJ Burnett

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM

        Florida76 I’m with you on the AJ stuff. He’s been an ace for us all year and I couldn’t be happier. My only question is where would we play him? Presumably 1B and then bench McGhee? They aren’t going to platoon Alvarez or send him down – amazing how having a couple of hot streaks can get everyone hanging on waiting for the next one. But would Youk even be that much better than McGhee at this point? McGhee has come on of late.

      • hep3 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        One stupid GM? Yeah, Ned Colletti is that guy…….

        If the Doyers need a 3B, I say bring back Casey Blake (with tongue firmly planted in cheek)!

        Oh wait, the Doyers have that Uribe guy that Colletti’s former boss told him that was a great free agent.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        I don’t think anyone thought Burnett was washed up- just that he couldn’t pitch in NY. Youkilis has been decimated by injuries in recent years, which is a situation that normally doesn’t get better with age.

      • dan1111 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        @napolean, I have been to many a Pirates game, and I am enjoying their success now. However, if you think fitting Youkilis into their lineup would be a problem, you are seriously overestimating your team’s offense. The correct question is, “which of the seven gaping holes in the lineup would he best fill?”

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        I call crap. 80% of the people on this board called Burnett washed up last year. Especially the Yankees Unicycle.

  2. aaronzona2011 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    jonah hill’s character was really interested in him in Moneyball, so maybe give billy beane a call?

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      yeah, ten years and many injuries ago.

      • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM

        There’s a painting of him locked up in the attic at Fenway. It was supposed to absorb all his injuries and become deformed in his place, but it was so ugly in the first place that it maxed out within a couple of years and hasn’t worked since.

      • samu0034 - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:42 AM

        Nice reference O.G. I don’t exactly come to baseball blogs to get allusions to Dorian Gray.

      • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:38 AM

        How about The Hunchback of Notre Dame? I’m sure it won’t be difficult to come up with some analogies between Youkilis and Quasimodo either….

      • aaronzona2011 - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM

        I always thought he looked like sloth from The Goonies

      • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        He’d need a lot of work to look that good.

    • 1overmind - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      That would make no sense at all. Oakland isn’t sniffing the playoffs any time soon.

      I would say he goes to the Dodgers. Their 1B and 3B are both terrible.

      • lostsok - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:07 AM

        LA is one of the few teams he would be an immediate upgrade for…

      • beavertonsteve - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        This deal needs a GM who’s willing to trade for old players and cash (also known around LA as a Colletti Special)

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Actually the real Billy Beane was quite interested in the fat kid. Problem is he’s no longer a kid, just fat.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Youk was a fan favorite for a good 5-6 years, played as hard as anyone ever, battled, loved the fans and now they all want to piss on him and kick him out the door. These are supposed to be the best fans in baseball? They are the most arrogant. Just because they played JV ball in high school they think they’re Connie Fuckin Mack. Youk may be done, probably is. Who knows? At least respect what he did. Funny how nobody leaves Boston on a white horse. They all leave town being booed, backstabbed, and ripped in the media.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      I don’t know a Sox fan that has anything but respect for what he’s done, but it’s time for everyone to move on. Stop talking out of your @ss.

      • pisano - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        mojo… I’m a Yankee fan, and I have nothing but respect for Youk, always have, and I think a change of teams will revive him. There’s nothing like jumping off a sinking ship and breathing new life. Good luck to him, he’s always been a gamer.

    • rmfp1978 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Hate 2 break it 2 you 13yrsmlbvet but st.louis fans are the best in the industry

    • teaspoon1731 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Stop getting all your information about Boston fans from the media. I love Youk. I will not boo him if and when he’s traded, nor will most of the nation. The fact of the matter is that since he moved to third, he’s had durability issues. As much as I love Youk, it’s actually better for him to be with a team that needs a first baseman. The man’s got some good years left, but if he stays in Boston, they’re likely to be short and unproductive.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        The belief that he could still play third is really haunting the team.

        I’m not willing to hammer management for this choice, but it was definitely a mistake. They assumed Youkilis could simply slide back to third, and they were very wrong about that. He’s not a good defensive third baseman (and he was a terrific defensive first baseman), and I believe that the wear and tear from the more demanding position isn’t helping with his injuries. He’s always had such an intense style of play.

        The better strategy probably would have been to still make the Gonzalez trade and then also trade Youkilis after the 2010 season when he had a team-friendly deal. Hindsight being 20/20 and all that, I hate to bring this stuff up. But moving him back to third was among the biggest errors Theo made.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      He’s right. If we were better fans, Frank Malzone would still be playing third. Sure, he’s 82. But we claim to be the best fans in baseball, and now we want a different player in the starting lineup just because he’s better.

      For shame, Red Sox Nation. For shame.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Mlbvet is correct about the white horse and all. They did it to pudge, nomar, Tito and many others. The only ones who can’t see it are the people who can’t see through the chowder.

    • aaronzona2011 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      there’s a huge difference between actual fan opinion and reactionary inflammatory journalism. Writers in Boston crucify guys on the way out, not the people who watch the games.

      • wendell7 - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:48 AM

        Thank you, aaronzona2011. Please people, don’t confuse Boston fans with Boston media.

    • teaspoon1731 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      How many of those players/people got standing ovations when they returned to Fenway? Oh, all of them you say? Yeah, it’s definitely the fans and not the media who besmirch those who leave the Sox.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      You really have no idea what you’re talking about if you think Carlton Fisk was run out of town by the fans or media.

      Oh, it’s Randy. I should have just stopped at “about.”

    • dan1111 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      Who looks through chowder? That doesn’t even make sense.

    • bbil2012 - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      HaHa!
      Now, speaking of A.J. Burnett…

  5. Marty - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Brian Sabean likes his age and career trajectory. He might make an offer.

  6. riverace19 - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    F all you guys who want to trash Youk. You are faceless insects that live only in the current moment. Some playoff contender could get a major deal if there is a GM out there that knows anything. The reason this guy is injured is because he gives 100% all the time. How many major leaguers can you honestly say do that? STFU and lay off Youk.

    • Marty - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      “Nobody puts baby in a corner”

    • b7p19 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      The reason he’s injured, no matter how noble, does not change the fact that he’s injured.

  7. canadianredsoxfan - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Why is it they start rumors about trading a great 3rd baseman, who obviously has had a slow start to the season.

  8. allbucdup - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    The guy is arguably the most passionate player in the MLB and gets bashed for it because he has different stance. Kills me. Youk will always be a fan favorite as is Nomar still to this day. The only player to really leave on bad terms was Manny…and i think the proof is in the pudding (or chowda if you will) with that one. Boston has been a team that makes moves when they can get a return. Risking holding on to Youk much longer would be foolish business wise, but that will never change the fans love of him.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Nope. As a loyal fan, I’m still mad that they let Carney Lansford leave. He was the first Red Sox third baseman that I remember. I’m still mad at Tom Yawkey for having a stroke and dying. Sure, I can’t remember him but that doesn’t matter. Much like Youkilis, Yawkey was once very good at being an owner (he’s in the Hall of Fame, isn’t he?!).

      Nothing is ever allowed to change. THAT’S what loyalty is all about.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        The Armas trade still pisses me off. They should have left Lansford at third and called up Boggs and put him at first instead of Dave Stapleton. It AMAZES me that Tony Armas had as long a career as he did. He’d hit 40 homers (surely, Fenway helped) with an OBP under 280. Amazing.

        And to think, some people preferred to blame Babe Ruth.

  9. drewzducks - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Sparky Lyle for Danny Cater…nuff said !

  10. rico7207 - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Leave him in Boston. That’s where all the cancer belongs. The World Steroid Champions!!! The only way it could be done. Today is proof!

  11. trapper17 - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    As you all know youk had always been one off favorites but there comes a time and place to move on youk is aging and hasn’t played a full yr in god knows how long. We have a stud third basemen wasting away trade youk so this org can get back some normalcy.

  12. trapper17 - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    We all know that it is time for a change on both parties. As long as we keep juggling lineups we will never b a consistent ball club , and agon is one dive away from a season ending injury. Trade youk even though I will miss him and let c what our stud third basemen can do put agon back at first.It might b to late to catch yanks but we might have a chance for w.c. As a former college player when does the red sox get tired of playing second fiddle to the yanks I know it bothered me onu career .

  13. willsolo - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Dear Ned,
    DO NOT MAKE THIS TRADE HAPPEN.

    Thanks,
    Dodgers Fans.

  14. nlfan865 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Two Words…Arizona!

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